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It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – September 12, 1983


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394861027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394861029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Illus. in full color. "Sick of being a bunny, P. J. Funnybunny takes off to become a bear. Hibernation gets dull, so he tries being a bird. And so it goes, with beavers, pigs, possums, and skunks--till P. J. realizes that bunnyhood is for him. The short, repeating text is ideal for beginners and the bright, humorous cartoons will get immediate attention."-- School Library Journal.  

About the Author

By Marilyn Sadler, Illustrated by Roger Bollen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With a degree in art, Marilyn always assumed she would be an illustrator. But when, early in her career, she was presented with an opportunity to write, she seized it and quickly discovered that she had found her true love. No sad, sappy stories for her, however. She likes to make herself laugh and with that her characters usually end up looking pretty silly for one reason or another.

Her first children's book featured a fastidious little English boy named Alistair Grittle and was originally created for the English publisher, Hamish Hamilton, as well as for Simon & Schuster in the United States. Having created a boy with such perfect behavior, she then turned her attention to a not so perfectly behaved little boy. His name was P.J. Funnybunny, and he has existed for many years in a series of books for Random House, including highly prestigious spots in the Dr. Seuss Cat In the Hat series.

Marilyn's television credits include two PBS Reading Rainbow programs featuring Alistair, an Alistair program for the BBC, three ABC Weekend Specials featuring P.J. Funnybunny, and a show based on her children's book, "Elizabeth and Larry", for Showtime's Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories.

Between 1999 and 2004, The Disney Channel produced three Original Movies based on Marilyn's book, "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century". Each of Disney's Zenon movies had exceptionally high ratings, with "Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century" and "Zenon the Zequel" among the highest rated shows in the history of The Disney Channel.

In 2004, Playhouse Disney began production on Marilyn's animated series, "Handy Manny". "Handy Manny" premiered September 16, 2006, as the highest rated Playhouse Disney series premiere of all time. Since its debut, "Handy Manny" has averaged approximately 2 million viewers a week, has generated consistent critical acclaim and has developed a deeply loyal audience.

In 2009, Marilyn was nominated for an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of Handy Manny in the category of "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program".

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Great story with funny illustrations.
Vincent Howard
I don't know how long it's going to last, but it's been at least 3 weeks that we read this book a couple of time every day.
GiGi
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Poor P.J. Bunny doesn't like his huge family, his big ears, nor does he like eating cooked carrots every day. So, off he goes unstopped by ANY of his family members, to see what other options are out there. He tries being a bear, a skunk, an oppossum, and a bird, but each endeavor only finds P.J. very unsatisfied with the results. He eventually returns home to being a bunny, and enjoying being with his very large family.

I think this teaches kids to anticipate the troubles P.J. is going to encounter trying to be something he is not. It also shows how to come back home for support and acceptance when things don't work out the way you'd planned. This is a very entertaining and cute book and one that we definitely recommend in our house. Highly recommend, especially for Easter
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Tripp on April 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a favorite bedtime story that my 4 year old just adores. Ultimately it's about being happy with who you are and it teaches the lesson in a simple, fun to read story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is so funny -- as the name of the characters reveal, the Funnybunnies have loads of adventures to which every child can relate.

P.J. isn't happy with his looks. In fact, he despises his long ears and even rejects his cooked carrots at mealtime. He sets off to find his identity by trying out various families in the community. He isn't comfortable with the bears, the birds, the beavers, pigs, possums or moose. Ultimately, P.J. recognizes the merits of being a bunny after all.

This uplifting tale is easy for first readers because of its repetition. Younger siblings will enjoy the brilliant illustrations. Parents will love it for the ability to shout "Mooook" like a moose in the middle of the story.

I'm particularly fond of this book as it is the first book my daughter ever read in English (we are raising them bilingually in Germany).

Hats off to the Funnybunnies, and the author, Marilyn Sadler, who created them.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of "Diary of a Mother" and "SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe", lives near Munich with her husband and two children. [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri A. Ward on April 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book a few weeks back. I haven't read it for quite some time as my youngest child is 16. My kids started laughing because I remembered all the words......and so did they! What an impact this story had on all of us. So many children (and adults) feel they cannot be happy because some part of their body is not perfect! I love the way this story tells all of us that having "not so perfect" parts is not so bad. We tend to think things are greener on the other side....but as P.J. shows us through this delightful book, they sometimes are not! This book is a "page turner". If you purchase this book, be prepared to read it everyday! This will soon become a favorite! Terri "Hunter" Ward, children's author of One Starry Night and Aunt Tami's Strawberry Farm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle M. Moutes on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My toddler son received this book as a gift for his first birthday. It came highly recommended from a teen friend who had treasured it as a childhood favorite. We weren't disappointed. I am not sure if it is the language, simple illustrations, or the premise but he never tires of It's Not Easy Being a Bunny. Not only do we recommend this book, we have already purchased it for other first birthday gifts. We give it an unequivocal A+ rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Karas VINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Read it at bedtime for a 4 year old boy. He asks for it often enough and he likes to fill in the blanks, so I read it that way. Very cute. I like books that I buy for children's home collection that they ask to have read to them time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Poor P.J. Bunny doesn't like his huge family, his big ears, nor does he like eating cooked carrots every day. So, off he goes unstopped by ANY of his family members, to see what other options are out there. He tries being a bear, a skunk, an oppossum, and a bird, but each endeavor only finds P.J. very unsatisfied with the results. He eventually returns home to being a bunny, and enjoying being with his very large family.

I think this teaches kids to anticipate the troubles P.J. is going to encounter trying to be something he is not. It also shows how to come back home for support and acceptance when things don't work out the way you'd planned. This is a very entertaining and cute book and one that we definitely recommend in our house. Highly recommend, especially for Easter
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on January 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My little guy doesn't have any patience for books except for this one and "Put Me in the Zoo". We have to read this to him almost 4 times a day, and he can finish the ends of the sentences. It's so fun to see him enjoy books, and hopefully it will introduce him to other books too. I highly recommend this one. It's fun, helps with animal recognition, etc..
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